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repose

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verb re·pose \ri-ˈpōz\

Definition of repose

reposed

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reposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lay at rest

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1a :  to lie at restb :  to lie dead <reposing in state>c :  to remain still or concealed

  5. 2 :  to take a rest

  6. 3 archaic :  rely

  7. 4 :  to rest for support :  lie

Origin and Etymology of repose

Middle English, from Anglo-French reposer, from Late Latin repausare, from Latin re- + Late Latin pausare to stop, from Latin pausa pause


First Known Use: 15th century


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repose

noun re·pose

Definition of repose

  1. 1a :  a state of resting after exertion or strain; especially :  rest in sleepb :  eternal or heavenly rest <pray for the repose of a soul>

  2. 2a :  a place of restb :  peace, tranquility <the repose of the bayous>c :  a harmony in the arrangement of parts and colors that is restful to the eye

  3. 3a :  lack of activity :  quiescenceb :  cessation or absence of activity, movement, or animation <the face in repose is grave and thoughtful>

  4. 4 :  composure of manner :  poise

Examples of repose in a sentence

  1. <typically the wealthy socialite spends most of the morning in repose, is served lunch, and then embarks on an exhaustive afternoon of shopping>

  2. <enjoyed the repose of a serene summer evening>

15th Century

First Known Use of repose

15th century


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repose

verb re·pose

Definition of repose

reposed

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reposing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to put away or set down :  deposit

  3. 2a :  to place (confidence, trust, etc.) in someone or somethingb :  to place for control, management, or use

Origin and Etymology of repose

Middle English, to replace, from Latin reponere (perfect indicative reposui)


First Known Use: 15th century



REPOSE Defined for English Language Learners


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repose

noun re·pose

Definition of repose for English Language Learners

  • : a state of resting or not being active


REPOSE Defined for Kids

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repose

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verb re·pose \ri-ˈpōz\

Definition of repose for Students

reposed

reposing

  1. :  to lay or lie at rest <I reposed my head on his shoulder.> <The dog is reposing on the couch.>


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repose

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noun re·pose

Definition of repose for Students

  1. 1 :  a state of resting

  2. 2 :  freedom from disturbance or excitement :  calm <… there was a delicious sense of repose and peace in the deep pervading calm and silence of the woods. — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer>



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